and we thought a cone bra would be painful

and we thought a cone bra would be painful

We knew it wasn't just us...

Why Mother Nature can't just send us a 'hoorah, you're not pregnant' card instead of inflicting the pain that are periods on us, we'll never know. But what we do know? Periods suck. There are endless reasons why periods are actually the worst. You bloat, your back does be in bits and you have this constant fear that you're leaking but one of the worst things about that time of the month: period boobs. 

We mean sure, they can come in handy when we're wearing a lowcut top and need our boobs to look fantastic but most of the time, they're just yet another nuisance brought on by the period demons.

But why is it our boobs double in size and feel like they've been kicked repeatedly? Well, it's all because of a little thing called progesterone. Progesterone is a hormone emitted by the female reproductive system that's main function is to regulate the condition of the inner lining of the uterus. Roughly speaking, progesterone peaks on the twenty-first day of your cycle. Progesterone can cause the ducts in your breasts to expand which leads to what we know as period boobs. Just when we taught we couldn't hate this hormone anymore,  it also retains water in your body so that's why you might feel a little heavier on your period. 

What's frustrating about this rude period symptom is how unpredictable it can be. Sometimes your boobs swell weeks before your due and sometimes they stay swollen long after your period has finished. This is because progesterone is a hormone and hormones tend to have a mind of their own. 

Remember ladies, just like our big, swollen period boobs squished into an uncomfortable bra, we're all in this together. 

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